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Here’s the short answer on why this grinder is worth $479: It has the serious quality of a professional level espresso grinder, with precision adjustment to achieve the perfect espresso shot, yet it can switch to your favorite French press or coffee maker setting without losing your micro espresso setting. There’s no need to keep two grinders around, and no frustration in trying to remember which setting brought you that ideal espresso shot, even after the power is turned off! The Vario is a commercial grinder with 54mm ceramic flat burrs with a throughput of 1.9 grams per second and an innovative, macro/micro grind adjustment with 230 settings. The sleek contemporary design, small foot print, and adjustability for any style of coffee also make it perfect as a home grinder.
Mahlkönig 54mm Ceramic Flat Burrs. Mahlkönig is a powerhouse in the world of professional grinders. Baratza teamed up with Mahlkönig to bring you thesehigh quality burrs that stay sharper longer. Ceramic has a 1.5- 2.0 x longer life than steel burrs.It also serves to keep the coffee cool by limiting the amount of heat transferred from the burrs to the grinds.
Grind on Demand. The Vario will grind only the precise amount you require for each shot directly into your espresso porta filter.This eliminates the risk of stale ground coffee common in mechanical dosing units. This function is also useful for coffee makers or french presses, as you no longer have to measure with a scoop. Simply figure out how many secondsof grinding produce the desired amount, then memorize the time with one of the three buttons designated for Espresso, French Press, and Drip Maker.This timer has 0.1 second adjustable steps (0.2 grams).
Dual Cam Grind Adjustment. The Vario boasts an innovative dual cam grind adjustment. The right hand lever lets you choose what type of grind you’d like, from espresso to french press or similar. The lever on the left lets you fine tune the grind within the range you’ve selected for a perfect grind. Over 230 grind settings are available.
Powerful motor. Driving the grinder is a powerful DE motor that turns slowly, resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits expanded grinding time. You will be amazed at the super quiet operation from the belt drive.The circuitry is equipped with an automatic reset thermal switch. To make espresso pulling even easier, the Vario is equipped with a PortaHolder, a universally adjustable bracket for any portafilter that permits hands-free operation.
- Grinder, Hopper, Lid, Grounds bin, PortaHolder, and Instruction manual.
- Warranty: 1 year
- 54mm ceramic burrs
- 180 Watts
- 1350 RPM
- 10 macro, 26 micro grind settings
- Powerful DC motor
- Designed by Baratza in Seattle
- Upgraded display board that saves your grind settings, even after the power is shut off.
Doserless grinders dispense coffee directly into the portafilter. When combined with a grind timer, this design improves coffee freshness, consistency and minimizes waste.
These grinders can eliminate the variable of how much coffee is ground by controlling grind time or grind weight. For espresso, once grind volume is set, simply adjust the grind gradually finer or courser to create that perfect 25 second 1.5oz espresso shot. Not only can this ease the learning curve and greatly improve consistency of espresso shots, it also improves cleanliness by letting you dispense exactly the amount of coffee you want.
Stepped adjustment is incremental with defined “clicks” to indicate changes. The size of the grind adjustment depends on the model, but some models offer nearly infinite adjustment for fine tuning espresso shots, while some offer easier all purpose adjustment between drip coffee, French press, etc. Visual markers for adjustment can simplify the learning curve with a chart of recommended settings for various brew methods.
- Width: 4.5"
- Height: 14.5"
- Depth: 7.25"
- Weight: 10 pounds
- Voltage: 120V